little by little

December 14, 2020

my thoughts for today
cutting down a tree
my schedule as of right now

Yesterday (Sunday, December 14, 2020), my boyfriend and I spent most of the afternoon cutting down a dead black cherry tree. It was a pain to get down and out of the woods, but we did…we even got it cut up, split and in a pile before calling it a day.
His chainsaw got stuck in the tree twice, and I had to pull on it with the rope tied to the Tahoe to get it lose. Hence, the rope in the photo below. To drag it all the way out of the woods, we used chain.

After we got it cut up, he started on splitting it. Some of it was rotten. The pieces that were too rotten, we threw back into the woods. Most of it was good wood! Or at least good enough to burn in the wood stove.

We also need to let some of it dry out a little, or season. We’ll be separating it into different piles, probably after the snow melts. Oh yeah, we’re getting a snow storm Wednesday that could dump 8+ inches of snow! I’ve heard anywhere from 10 to 23 inches. So, it all depends on how the weather system forms and develops as to what we see. There will be pictures!! If the storm develops as they say it will.

A little about black cherries:

  • awesome wood to burn in the wood stove, once it’s dry or seasoned.
  • takes about 6-12 months to fully season (we should be able to burn about half of what we cut this season)
  • easy to split with an axe or maul (as compared to oak, which can be hard!)
  • also known as wild cherry
  • produces a small cherry that is edible, its sap can be used for medicine
  • it smells good! Once the wood has dried, it has a sweet smell. If you’re familiar with Luden’s Black Cherry cough drops – that’s what the wood smells like.
  • considered a medium size wood – oak is hard, pine is soft (pine shouldn’t be burned in a wood stove or fireplace due to all the sap)
  • seems to spark more than other wood, but doesn’t give off a lot of smoke and lights easy which would make it a good wood to start a fire
  • a great wood to use when smoking meats

At this point, I also wanted to share with you what my schedule looks like for the near future. Of coarse, nothing is set in stone. For now, this is what I’m hoping…

Sunday: Sunday’s Inspiration

  • more inspirational or motivational than throughout the week. I’ve decided that Sunday is my day off, a day for me to rest. I don’t follow anyone knew on Sunday, which means Monday is a busy day for me. But that’s the way it goes – for now anyway.

Monday-Friday: picture of the day

  • this is usually a photo that I have uploaded to one of my online shops, with a quote – either inspirational, funny, off the wall, what ever tugs at me

Monday – Thursday: featured product

  • this is a photo I have uploaded to my shop on Holly’s World. These photos are available for digital upload. Eventually, I will be adding to this – prints, sales, etc. – taking everything one step at a time at the moment…

through out the week:

  • Legends: right now American Legends, Christmas Legends (holiday), Native American; but will also include Viking, Celtic or what ever legends I find appealing. I have Viking ancestry, as well Native American, Irish, German, Finnish, Swedish, English, French, Russian, Welsh, (just to name a few), so don’t be surprised what might show up! I also share Fables, if I find something worth sharing.
  • fun with words: this is a fun post, for me anyway! It’s a way for me to de-stress if I need to. It may not make any sense, so if it doesn’t…it wasn’t supposed to!
  • my thoughts for today: this is where I post my thoughts! and is usually personal. It could be about anything – covid, politics, home life, what ever. I will usually try and put a disclaimer at the beginning, so if you don’t want to read about that particular subject, you can just skip it.
  • travel/hiking: these are photos/posts about any travel or hiking trips I have been on

I’m going to try to get back into a schedule of doing the above posts, but I can’t guarantee when or how often I will post. But there will always be at least one post every day!

Saturday: picture of the week

  • this is usually a photo I have taken recently (within the last week); but here recently I’m not taking that many photos, so it could be I’ve taken that I’ve worked on recently.
it may look like this on Wednesday

Like I said earlier, nothing is really set in stone at this point. Being stuck at home most of the time, it’s hard to come up with something all the time. Not that I can’t, but whatever I share, I want it to be worth your time, as well as mine. Now that winter is setting in and covid on the uprise, it’s going to be even harder to get out. I am very thankful that I have three plus acres to roam around on, plus the farm next door if I need to. Sometimes, just taking a break from it all and just relaxing with nothing in mind really does help the soul.

I’m not going anywhere!

hopefully, it doesn’t look like this!
My dad, in 1993 (?) when we got two snow storms back to back
one that dumped three feet and then a few days later we got an additional two feet on top (we got out for one day to restock, before the second storm hit)

If we got a lot of snow, I can’t go anywhere!
So, that’s about all I have for today!

“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side”

~ Maya Angelou


hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

Positive quotes about strength, and motivational

you’re allowed to scream
you’re allowed to cry
but don’t give up.


take care
stay safe
much love

2 Comments on “little by little

  1. Your fire sounds so wonderful! I love the sound, smell and feel of a fire. We rarely have need for one here. But we do get down to freezing on some mornings. I actually have a candle that smells like a fire that I’m burning from time to time. It smells fantastic! đŸ˜ŠđŸ”„

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